Dick

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Dick

Do you laugh uproariously at the fact that a film about Richard Nixon is titled Dick? If you do, you'll probably enjoy the movie itself, and will most likely be particularly appreciative of its 20 or so jokes revolving solely around the fact that "Dick" is both a nickname for Richard and slang for male genitalia. If you don't, you're likely to find Dick a crushingly obvious, painfully unfunny attempt at satire, a film so misguided that it serves as a veritable handbook on how to mess up a clever idea. Said clever idea is that Woodward and Bernstein's legendary Watergate source, "Deep Throat," was actually a pair of ditsy teens (Kirsten Dunst and Michelle Williams) who stumble upon highly suspicious behavior during a school tour of the White House and end up befriending the President (Dan Hedaya) before setting the stage for his downfall. It's a clever idea, but it requires a far more sophisticated comedic tone than the sub-sitcom slapstick piled on by writer-director Andrew Fleming and writer Sheryl Longin. Much of Dick's supporting cast consists of cast members from Saturday Night Live and Kids In The Hall, but it's unlikely that even John Belushi in his prime could have breathed life into this woebegone farce. Marred by gratuitous montage sequences that seem to take up half the film, Dick is further burdened by pop-culture references obvious enough to have all come from the same issue of Dynamite! A minor controversy has recently erupted over Dick, with vaguely detestable pop-culture gadfly Ben Stein claiming to have come up with the idea for it, but Dick is so overbaked and underwritten that it's hard to imagine anyone wanting to take credit.